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Al Madsen retiring effective Nov. 30
Retiring City Administrator Al Madsen said Nelson would be at the Nov. 16 Maple Grove City Council meeting for introduction. Madsen will be working with the city as the city administrator until the end of the month. Councilor Karen Jaeger said, "Al you are father, a husband, a colleague, a mentor, a leader and most of all a friend. Madsen said, "And I'm going to miss all of you too very much.
Al Madsen, administratorPH: (763) 494-6001FX: (763) 494-6421Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Retiring City Administrator, Al Madsen,
is Parade Grand Marshal Alan (Al) Madsen has been with the City of Maple Grove since 1983. He began as the Director of Economic Development and in 1992, he became the Director of Community & Economic Development. In 1997, he was appointed to the position of City Administrator but continued to serve as the Director of Community & Economic Development until December 2000. Prior to coming to the City of Maple Grove, he was with the Minnesota Department of Economic Development. Al is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design for Community Development. He is a member and past President of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota. He is a member of the North Hennepin Chamber of Commerce, Sensible Land Use Coalition and League of Minnesota Cities. Al is on the board and executive committee member of Twin Cities Metro Certified Development Corporation, an SBA "504" development corporation that provides financing for businesses in the seven-county metro area and portions of Wisconsin. Al is Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Suburban Cable Communications Commission and also serves as chair of the Executive Committee and Budget Committee. He currently serves on the North Metro Mayor's Association 2019 Operating Committee for Highway 610. He also is on the board and operating committee of the Municipal Legislative Commission. Al is one of the founders of the North Hennepin Leadership Academy and served on the board of directors for many years. In addition, he is one of the founding members of the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society. He is a past local, state, national and international officer of the Jaycees. Al and his wife, Sharon, reside in Maple Grove and have two grown children, Scott and Michele, as well as two grandchildren.
Al Madsen is retiring after 32 years in Maple Grove.
Outgoing Maple Grove City Administrator Al Madsen stood on the street he helped develop. "Not much is going to happen here," they told Al Madsen. But Madsen, then the city's economic development director, saw potential. "You have this blank canvas and you could design and shape it," he said of the large northwest metro suburb. "That's been the fun part." After overseeing the city's unprecedented explosion in development, first as the city's economic development director and then in the top spot as city administrator, Madsen is retiring this fall. And it turns out, he was right years ago. Over his 32 years with Maple Grove, the city has blossomed into a large suburb, with 64,000 residents, 22,000 households and development now filling 75 percent of its 23,000 acres. The most visible transformation may be the 3 million-square-foot hub of restaurants and retail off Interstate 94 - second in concentration of restaurants and retail in the metro to the Mall of America, Madsen said. Maple Grove City Administrator Al Madsen waved to the crowds as the Maple Grove Days grand marshal. He was riding with his granddaughter Ellie Bennington, 7, and his wife, Sharon Madsen. Maple Grove City Administrator Al Madsen waved to the crowds as the Maple Grove Days grand marshal. "There's been a lot of really good plans and strong leadership [in Maple Grove], and clearly Al has played a role in that," said Tim Murnane, president and chief executive of Opus Holding LLC, which developed Arbor Lakes and has worked with Madsen for more than 25 years. "There's been a lot of really good plans and strong leadership [in Maple Grove], and clearly Al has played a role in that," said Tim Murnane, president and chief executive of Opus Holding LLC, which developed Arbor Lakes and has worked with Madsen for more than 25 years. "Al, in my career, was the best city administrator I've worked with because he was really able to balance all the stakeholders' interests. It's not easy. "And that's something Al played a key role in," Murnane added. "In my mind, we're a premier city," Madsen said. The city's northwest corner is still largely undeveloped. And there's the massive gravel mining area, where mounds of gravel tower next to busy roads. After three tries at the State Capitol, Madsen and city leaders got approval to establish a tax-increment financing district to redevelop 600 acres of 1,100 acres of former gravel mining land into offices. "There's still a lot of development that can happen," Madsen said. But that will be for the next city administrator. Madsen, who turns 74 in October, plans to spend more time with his wife, two kids and two grandchildren, travel and volunteer. "It will be tough to leave," he said. Neal: Perkins will close for AL in All-Star Game if opportunity is there
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